Karzai denounces Quran burning in US
KABUL(PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday strongly condemned the disrespectful and abhorrent burning of the Quran by a US evangelical preacher in a Florida church, calling on the United States to bring those responsible for the incident to justice.
In a statement issued from his palace, Karzai called the incident an effort to incite tension between religions and disrespect for Islam and all the Muslims of the world.
Pastor Wayne Sapp set light to a copy of the Muslim holy book under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last year drew condemnation over his aborted plan to burn a pile of the books to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Jones cancelled his plans under enormous pressure from world leaders including US President Barack Obama, but the mere threat to burn the Muslim holy book sparked large protests in Afghanistan and other Muslim nations.
Sunday’s event, presented as a trial in which the Koran was found “guilty” and “executed”, was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended, media reports say.
Terry Jones, the Christian pastor from Florida torched a copy of Quran in front of a gathering on last Sunday.
“President Karzai on behalf of the Muslim people of Afghanistan and on his own behalf denounce the disrespectful and abhorrent act,” the statement from Karzai’s office said.
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